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Noles News: Areas of Improvement for 2021

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Mike Norvell’s defense has a lot of room for growth

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Football

The first sign of football season has finally arrived as the Big 12 opened Media Day season across the country on Wednesday. The ACC’s turn won’t come until this time next week, but those covering the conference aren’t waiting to dive into what to expect this season. For Florida State, David Hale found plenty of areas the team needs to improve this year.

While we all wait for the opener against Notre Dame, don’t forget we’re releasing position and schedule previews all summer long. Our latest in those series take a look at the special teams unit hoping to build on last season’s improvements and what we expect to see from Louisville when they travel to Tallahassee this season.

Recruiting

Mike Norvell and his staff have been putting in serious work to build up the future of this program and today they landed in the top five for one of the best pass catchers in the 2022 class. Read more about Jaleel Skinner’s recruitment.

Baseball

After a strong 2020 season, the Noles pitching staff is putting on a show in the summer league. Take a look at some of the stats so far.

If you’re not following Brett already, I can’t recommend it enough. He’s all over the baseball beat including this week’s MLB Draft.

Speaking of the draft, Baseball America went through the choices and selected an under-the-radar pick for each MLB organization. Elijah Cabell made the list for the Cardinals as perhaps the most powerful bat in the draft.

Pitcher Jack Anderson was scooped up by Detroit in the 16th round and he says he’s ready to get to work for the Tigers organization.

Basketball

While watching the Olympics in Tokyo, keep your eyes peeled for some Seminoles competing for gold, including women’s basketball alums Maria Conde and Leonor Rodriguez who were both selected for the Spanish National Team.

Golf

The Open Championship starts Thursday across the pond. A few Seminole alums are in the field for one of golf’s biggest events including Brooks Koepka. He’s among the favorites, but Brooksy was still having a tough time getting out of this bunker during his practice round.

Brooks will try to avoid that and all other bunkers at Royal St George’s during his first round that tees off at 3:03 a.m. on Thursday. He’ll tee off alongside Jason Kokrak and Garrick Higgo. Fellow FSU alum Daniel Berger will tee off in the group right behind him at 3:14 a.m. Yes, those are eastern times.

Alumni

Across this country, there may not be one man who consistently gives back more than FSU alum Warrick Dunn. He’s made countless efforts to help families in need get a roof over their heads and a new lease on life. Dunn is one of the best members of the Nole Family and continues to lead by example week in and week out. Hats off to you, Warrick, for everything you do.